Anyone who's ever wondered if the mushrooms or weeds in their front yard are edible can start learning about wild edibles during a special program this weekend.
Saturday's program will feature Gary Lincoff, author of the "Audubon Field Guide to Mushrooms" and "The Joy of Foraging," and William Roody, a Randolph County resident and author of "Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians," along with the West Virginia Mushroom Club, the Mycological Association of Washington and the New River Valley Mushroom Club. Sunday's program is set at the Canaan Valley State Park Lodge.
Saturday will begin with a brief course on collecting wild edibles, and then small groups will go out on guided walks along gentle trails, to collect a sampling of the bounties the forest has to offer.
Gary Lincoff, author of the ‘Audubon Field Guide to Mushrooms’ and ‘The Joy of Foraging,’ will be one of the leaders of a special program this weekend in Tucker County about wild edibles.
In the afternoon, there will be a class on growing shitake mushrooms at home, with growing kits available for purchase.
Then participants will join the foray chef for some hints on storing, preserving and reconstituting mushrooms, followed by a cooking demonstration and tasting.
After that, Lincoff and Roody will teach about the specimens collected that morning, with special emphasis on edible and poisonous species.
Sunday will be dedicated to foraging for wild edible plants, flowers and berries. Registration will be at 8 a.m. and the day will conclude early afternoon.
Anybody interested in mushrooms, nature or in simply enjoying a day outdoors is encouraged to attend.
Be sure to bring along lunch, a basket, water, sunscreen and insect repellent.
The fee per person for Saturday is $35, Sunday is $20; the cost is $50 for the weekend. Children under the age of 12 get in free.
Those who'd like to register should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Shelly at 304-636-7074.
Further information is available at www.wvmushroomclub.org.